As a military fitness trainer, you might think I am an enormous advocate of sit-ups. Actually, I despise sit-ups and rarely ever do them, but many people ask how I maintain my 6-pack abs at the age of 35 without being on a diet. Well today, I will let you know my secret.
There’s a muscle called the Transverse Abdominus that acts as a stabilizer to the middle part of your body, located right behind your abdominal muscles. If you’re not familiar with this muscle, join the military, your drill sergeants might be very aware of the right way to work make it sore. Drill sergeants love exercises that involve the Transverse Abdominus because when this muscle is robust, your back and stomach are strong. In order to obtain 6 pack abs, this muscle should be strong.
I should admit, I used to be doing sit ups for most of my adult life, but after i reached 30 I realized that my ab muscles were getting harder to see. It doesn’t matter what I ate (or didn’t eat) and no matter how many stomach exercises I did, my abdominal muscles kept slowly disappearing. Then, I did some research on the anatomy of the stomach muscles and found the Transverse Abdominus. Ever since then, I am happy to say my stomach muscles are more prevalent than ever before. Not only that, my posture is better. Why? The Transverse Abdominus is connected to your back, ribs and pelvis. In essence, it’s the last word stabilizing muscle to your entire mid-section. There’s a catch though; it’s a difficult muscle to strengthen.
After doing a radical internet search, I found many techniques and exercises for strengthening the Transverse Abdominus. However, only some of those exercises placed primary emphasis on the Transverse Abdominus which allowed me to offer a high quality 6 pack shape to my abdominal muscles. Listed here are the exercises that I found work one of the best:
Put your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet needs to be firmly on the floor. Put your hands just below and to the sides of your belly button. Press a couple fingers from both hands into your lower abdomen. Begin by drawing your lower abdomen down towards the floor but do not move your pelvis. Your chest should rise slightly. Stop drawing in your stomach as soon as you’re feeling your muscles being to tighten. The muscles underneath your fingers should feel tight. If you move too far, you’ll stop working your Transverse Abdominus and start stressing your oblique muscles instead. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds while breathing normally. Do ten to twelve repetitions if this exercise is new to you, increase repetitions as needed.
Put your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet needs to be firmly on the floor. Place your hands under your buttocks.Raise one leg about 12 inches off the ground and slowly lower it back down.As you lower one leg, raise the opposite in the same manner.Start with three sets of ten to twelve repetitions, increase repetitions as needed.
Start in the push-up position with your palms on the floor and toes on the ground. Your back needs to be straight and your feet ought to be hip-width apart.Raise one leg as high as you possibly can after which to a push-up. Switch legs and repeat.Start with three sets of ten to twelve repetitions, increase repetitions as needed.
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